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PhD studentship in Economic Evaluation: Theory and methods from a realist perspective

   The Yunus Centre

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  Prof Helen Mason, Dr Sarkis Manoukian, Prof S Porter  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at GCU is pleased to offer an interdisciplinary three-year fully-funded doctoral programme with a methodological focus on realist economic evaluation. The PhD research will focus on the development of theory and methods for the conduct of economic evaluations from a realist perspective. Realist evaluations are driven by the question: what works, for whom, in what circumstances and how? The successful applicant will join the Common Health Assets (CHA) project which is funded by the National Institute of Health Research. CHA is a mixed-methods, realist evaluation and economic appraisal of how community-led-organisations (CLOs) impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in deprived areas in the UK. The candidate will work independently but will also have the opportunity to be involved in the CHA project and work with leading experts in this field. 

The PhD will examine the theory underpinning realist and economic evaluation, looking for synergies and divergences between the two. The range of economics methods for conducting realist focused economic evaluation will be explored, producing hypotheses that could be tested using data from the CHA project. The final part will focus on developing and testing approaches to value the wider impacts of CLOs. This could involve experimenting with Contingent Valuation methods or Discrete Choice Experiments amenable to a realist approach to monetary valuation. 

The successful applicant will have a minimum of a first degree and/or a Masters degree in economics or related subject. Candidates are requested to submit a motivation letter indicating how your skills fit the requirements for the project and what you hope to get from the PhD project (max 2 pages).

Supervisor Research Profiles

Prof Helen Mason - 

Dr Sarkis Manoukian - 

Prof Sam Porter - 

How to Apply 

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2022 

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. 

Applicants should apply using this link: Quoting Reference: YCSBH-2022-002

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.  

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to: Research Applications

For students commencing their studies in 2022/23: 

The studentship is worth £20,400 per year for three years.  The studentship covers payment of tuition fees (£4,560 for Home/RUK students or £15,700 for EU/International students) plus an annual stipend of £15,840 for Home/RUK students or an annual scholarship of £4,700 for EU/International students.     

EU/International candidates of outstanding calibre may be awarded a studentship of £31,540 per year for three years.  The International Scholarship covers payment of tuition fees (£15,700) plus an annual stipend of £15,840.      

For further details please see our Fees and Funding and Research Scholarships and Studentships webpages.   

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